The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas in Austin has opened an exhibition showcasing rare magic posters from their extensive collections. Among them are several original Houdini posters, including a beautiful one-sheet for The Man From Beyond that I have never seen in color (nor did I know an original even existed). Oh baby! And if that's not enough, they also have on display their two prototype Vanishing Elephant posters.
According to Theatre & Performing Arts Curator Eric Colleary, several of the 19th century posters in the display were part of the collection sold to Houdini by Henry Evans Evanion. The center acquired these along with Houdini's private papers in 1958.
The overall exhibit looks at advances in color lithography and how it coincided with the golden age of magic. The exhibit is free and runs through February 2, 2020.
For more information visit the Harry Ransom Center website.
Photos courtesy Eric Colleary at Kevin Connolly's Conjuring History Facebook group.